The Reading / Listening - UK-USA Relations - Level 5

UK-US relations have soured after the leak of diplomatic e-mails from the UK ambassador. The leaked mails were published in a British newspaper. They had very negative and critical comments about President Trump's White House. The ambassador wrote: "We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept." He also said Mr Trump's policy on Iran was "incoherent" and "chaotic". A British official called the leak an act of "unforgivable treachery".



The USA and the UK describe their friendship as a "special relationship". The UK needs this friendship as well as a trade deal with the USA after it leaves the European Union. The UK's Prime Minister Theresa May has "full faith" in Sir Kim as ambassador but did not agree with his comments. Her spokesman said the leak was "absolutely unacceptable". Donald Trump retaliated and said Sir Kim "has not served the UK well." He tweeted: "I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well thought of within the US. We will no longer deal with him."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    UK-USA Relations - Level 4 or  UK-USA Relations - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/07/07/uks-ambassador-to-the-us-criticizes-trump-in-leaked-memos/23765073/
  • https://www.yahoo.com/news/top-uk-diplomat-usa-criticizes-103329034.html
  • https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/donald-trump-hits-back-at-leaked-memos-calling-white-house-inept-a4184331.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. UK-US relations have
  2. the leak of
  3. The leaked mails were
  4. very negative and critical
  5. less faction
  6. less diplomatically clumsy
  7. Mr Trump's policy on
  8. an act of unforgivable
  1. published
  2. Iran was incoherent
  3. riven
  4. treachery
  5. soured
  6. comments
  7. and inept
  8. diplomatic e-mails

Paragraph 2

  1. special
  2. a trade
  3. Theresa May has full
  4. agree with
  5. absolutely
  6. Sir Kim has not served
  7. not liked or well
  8. We will no longer
  1. thought of
  2. his comments
  3. deal with him
  4. deal
  5. faith
  6. unacceptable
  7. relationship
  8. the UK well

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

UK-US relations (1) ___________________ the leak of diplomatic e-mails from the UK ambassador. The leaked mails (2) ___________________ a British newspaper. They had very negative (3) ___________________ about President Trump's White House. The ambassador wrote: "We don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; (4) ___________________; less diplomatically (5) ___________________." He also said Mr Trump's policy on Iran was "incoherent" and "chaotic". A British official called the leak (6) ___________________ "unforgivable treachery".

The USA and the UK (7) ___________________ as a "special relationship". The UK needs this friendship as well as (8) ___________________ with the USA after it leaves the European Union. The UK's Prime Minister Theresa May (9) ___________________ in Sir Kim as ambassador but did not agree with his comments. Her spokesman said the (10) ___________________ unacceptable". Donald Trump retaliated and said Sir Kim "has (11) ___________________ UK well." He tweeted: "I do not know the Ambassador, but he is not liked or well (12) ___________________ the US. We will no longer deal with him."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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nal;lessunpredictable;lessfactionriven;lessdiplomaticallyclumsyan
dinept."HealsosaidMrTrump'spolicyonIranwas"incoherent"and"cha
otic".ABritishofficialcalledtheleakanactof"unforgivabletreachery".T
heUSAandtheUKdescribetheirfriendshipasa"specialrelationship".Th
eUKneedsthisfriendshipaswellasatradedealwiththeUSAafteritleaves
theEuropeanUnion.TheUK'sPrimeMinisterTheresaMayhas"fullfaith"i
nSirKimasambassadorbutdidnotagreewithhiscomments.Herspokes
mansaidtheleakwas"absolutelyunacceptable".DonaldTrumpretaliat
edandsaidSirKim"hasnotservedtheUKwell."Hetweeted:"Idonotkno
wtheAmbassador,butheisnotlikedorwellthoughtofwithintheUS.Wew
illnolongerdealwithhim."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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Answers

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